[collectd] [PATCH] unixsock: remove a possible leftover unix socket file before creating

Sebastian Harl sh at tokkee.org
Wed Mar 24 13:38:58 CET 2010

Hi Peter,

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 01:27:15PM +0100, Peter Warasin wrote:
> Sebastian Harl wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:59:04PM +0100, Peter Warasin wrote:
> >> I wonder if there's a good reason why this has been commented out, and
> >> if it can be unlink()'d safely, without side-effects?
> > 
> > Well, we cannot be sure that the socket file was created by some other
> > instance of collectd before. So, since collectd is usually running with
> > root privileges, we could possibly remove unrelated data.
> Hmm, is there a chance having collectd running multiple times using the
> same socket file?

Well, yes -- if it's misconfigured … ;-)

Seriously, though, this is always an error, since no two instances can
listen on the same (UNIX) socket.

> If that is the case probably it is an error and we should print out a
> warning that the file will be removed?

This would be caught by the "mechanism" mentioned below, though.

> > At the very least (imho), we should check if that file is a UNIX socket,
> > and possibly (I'm not sure if that's possible [in a portable way]) check
> > if the socket is not in use. If both of that is the case, we can be
> > fairly sure that removing the file is safe.
> Ok, i understand. That makes sense.

Are you willing to give that a try and provide a patch?


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